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Vintage Kitchen Chairs – SOLD

20 May

Vintage kitchen table & chairs

Vintage kitchen table & chairs

I still have these kitchen chairs – they need to go in the next few days. I’ve dropped the price form R220 a chair to R120 a chair! A bargain! Read the original blog post blow (NB: the table has already been sold):

I’ve always liked these old formica kitchen tables – in fact I like them so much that I have a yellow one on my balcony – but this is an extra special version! It’s quite a bit older than most of the formica tables that you see, and has some very cool features, like that metal strip that runs around the circumference of the table and gives it a great American diner feel. My yellow table has a plastic strip , and it’s not quite the same! This table also has wooden sides which have been painted to match that minty green formica top, and solid metal legs (the legs are much chunkier than you normally find). The table is obviously quite worn in places, but that’s to be expected given it’s age (I think it mist be at least 45-50 years old), and on the whole it’s still a solid piece of furniture.

The chairs belong to a good friend of mine. I’ve been holding onto them waiting to find something to match them up with, and I think this table does a perfect job! The chairs are slightly more rustic than  the table, and could probably do with a good paint, although there’s a certain charm to just how worn they are. It looks like they were painted pink previously and some of this paint is starting to show through on the one chair – it was Janet’s favourite chair (she loved the pink/green combo!).

A very charming set that would look so sweet in a kitchen or on a covered balcony. The perfect place to eat your granola before you head out for the day!

Dimensions:  Table – 62cm wide x 91cm long x 77cm tall; Chairs – 88cm tall x 37cm wide

Price: Table – R980 – SOLD; Chairs – R220 each NOW R120 each

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Pair of Retro Armchairs – SOLD

20 May

Pair of retro armchairs

Pair of retro armchairs

You might think that I’m losing my marbles, but these aren’t actually the same chairs that we featured last week! They’re the identical shape, but I recovered them in a different fabric – a slightly more expensive and more textured mottled grey. I’ve used the reverse side of the fabric (by choice, not by accident!), so it has a bit of a rough texture to it, but because they’re single seaters you’re not going to be lounging on them, so you won’t really notice the roughness of the fabric.

A very stylish pair that would fit in with most decor schemes.

NB: As in the case of the green chairs, the springs on these chairs could probably do with a bit of TLC. They’re perfectly functional as is, they just sink a bit lower than they should.

Dimensions: 90cm tall x 62cm wide x 65cm deep

Price: R1500 each

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Retro Coffee Table – SOLD

19 May

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I really like the retro shape of this coffee table! It’s got those classic legs, and even the oval top has a bit of a retro feel to it. The wood has a bit of a strange feel to it – I think it’s probably a veneer that’s been sealed for protection, but it’s made the wood quite matte. It’s not terribly noticeable though, and despite a few scratches and some corrosion to the metal feet, this small coffee table still gives the impression of being in relatively good nick!

An attractive and well priced piece of furniture that would be great for someone furnishing a flat or a second lounge.

Dimensions: 121cm long x 45cm wide x 39cm tall

Price: R620

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Retro Wooden Armchairs – SOLD

15 May

Pair of retro wooden armchairs

Pair of retro wooden armchairs

I think it’s fair to say that I have a bit of a soft spot for retro wooden armchairs, but really what’s not to love? These mid-century sprung armchairs really are works of art with their sculpted armrests, bowed fronts, and high backs. I knew I loved them the moment I saw them, but sadly their previous owner was also quite attached to them! Luckily for me though, when it came closer to the time for Helen to pack up her house and move to the UK (bye-bye Helen!) she realised that they might not be the most practical items to take as carry-on luggage, and let them go to me (yay!).

We’ve reupholstered them in a lovely textured olive green, and added a bit of padding on top of the springs, but I have to say they could probably do with being re-sprung at some point. They look great (don’t they just?), but they give a little bit too much when you plonk your bottom on them! They’re obviously still perfectly functional, and would be great as extra seating for when you have guests round, but you’re not going to be comfortable sitting in them all night watching telly. That being said they’re probably not the type of chairs for that anyway, even if the seats were super bouncy!

Dimensions: 90cm tall x 62cm wide x 65cm deep

Price: R1450 each

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Vintage Enamel Lockers – SOLD

14 May

Pair of vintage metal lockers

Pair of vintage metal lockers

These old metal kitchen lockers are starting to show their age. The black bases are a bit corroded and the inside of the lockers are quite stained, but we’ve given them a seriously good scrub so while they may look a little rough around the edges, they should at least be clean! And while there may be a few scratches and dings in the metal they’re still a very attractive pair that would look great in the right kitchen. You might also want to use them as storage in a bathroom (if you’re lucky enough to have a big bathroom!), or for tools in your garage or workshop (if you’re lucky enough to have a workshop!).

Dimensions: Each locker measures 1.87m tall x 45.5cm wide x 52cm deep

Price: R950 each/R1650 for the pair

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Enamel Kitchen Cupboard – SOLD

11 May

Vintage enamel cupboard

Vintage enamel cupboard

There’s just something really special about these old black and white enamel pieces of furniture. I think it’s in the small details like the beveled doors, the white enamel that’s still so bright after all these years, and the quality of the metal which means that fifty or so years on this cupboard probably doesn’t look that different to when it was first made. That being said there are some signs of age! For starters the clips that allowed the doors to secure are missing, which means that the doors sit slightly ajar, but it’s not very noticeable and if it really does bother you a pair of strong magnets on the corner of each door will probably sort it out. Also the inside of the drawer is quite corroded, but the drawer’s still completely functional, the metal just feels a bit rough to to the touch. And finally the runners for the drawer get a bit sticky at times, but a bit of wiggling and it seems to come right soon enough!

For all its faults there are as many plusses, and if I had the space for this in my new Jozi kitchen or bathroom I’d definitely be hanging onto it! Cupboards like these aren’t that easy to come by any more and you’d be looking at at least double the money for a modern version of the same quality.

Note: The drawer handle is original, bit the cupboard handles aren’t – they’re vintage handles, but are ever so slightly too small for the cupboard which means that you can see the original holes peeking out from behind the handles (see pics under ‘more’).

Price: R1650

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